Saturday, November 26, 2005

London Bound

So, as most of you probably know, I'm off to London shortly for work. The plan is, that I will spend two weeks with Greg and Andrea for a German Christmas, then spend four months working in London (based in Canary Wharf). After that I'm taking an adventure throughout Europe and US/Canada along the way home. There's still a ton left to organise, but I'm looking forward to catching with lots of people along the way, and seeing some sights.
I'd love to hear from any of you travelling through the same areas, and I'm already looking forward to catching up with many of you in London!
Stay posted to the site, I'll keep you updated on my European adventures (and New York and Canada in June next year!)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Conquering the Cradle

Cradle Mountain reflected over Dove Lake

So last weekend my friend Lim and I ventured south to visit Tasmania... We flew into Launceston, where we spent the night and following morning, then took a leisurely drive up to Cradle Mountain, via Deloraine and the Mole Creek Caves. We stopped off and took a tour through Marakoopa Cave, and then proceeded to the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park where we were staying for the rest of the weekend. We had a great cabin, brand new. We were the second to stay there!

On Saturday, we had a mission. We were going to conquer the mountain! It was a long and exhausting day, but after a fair bit of walking (and also much scrambling over the rocks at the top of mountain, which makes up the last hour of the ascent) we made it to the summit of 1,545m. It was a beautiful day, and we could see for miles. Then came the way down and the long walk back to Dove Lake carpark. We almost fell asleep the minute we got back. The next day, it was time to come home... We took the coastal route via Penguin and Devonport, then Deloraine and the Tamar Valley back to Launceston. All in all, a great weekend.

Left to right, Top row: Here I am at the summit of Cradle Mountain, the view from the summit, Lim at a mountain spring we found. Great water! Second row: Twisted lakes, near Hanson's Peak, The scramble to the summit, the boathouse on Dove Lake

Launceston to Mole Creek

Formations at Marakoopa Cave, Mole Creek and our lovely B&B at Launceston - the Ashton Gate.

The trip back to Launceston

Above: Here I am at Penguin, and the Mersey Bluffs area at Devonport

Above: The view from the air - sunset over the Tamar River and the top of Tasmania